Serena, Venus, Clijsters lead US Open field
Serena Williams, her sister Venus and wild-card entry Kim Clijsters, are in the provisional women’s field for the U.S. Open.
Almost of the top 100 women in the current WTA rankings received direct entry into the US Open main draw that will be played Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.
Serena Williams will be bidding for her fourth U.S. Open championship and third major title of 2009.
Clijsters will be playing at the US Open for the first time since winning her only major title at the 2005 U.S. Open.
She asked the U.S. Tennis Association for a wild card and was granted one. To prepare for the U.S. Open, Clijsters will be playing in WTA hard-courts events at Cincinnati and Toronto.
Dinara Safina, Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Maria Sharapova, Amelie Mauresmo and Ana Ivanovic will be also highlighting the field.
The winners of the U.S. Open men’s and women’s singles title will each receive a record $1.6 million.